Forget about the Black Friday madness and choose to slow down and make more conscious purchases this weekend. We are bombarded with messages encouraging us to buy more and more every day and this seems to get worse in the run-up to Christmas. But just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean that we can’t still buy with a little more thought.
I’ve collaborated with some of the UK’s top ethical bloggers to create this gift guide featuring gifts that do good. Choose to give with thought and love this year rather than buying from the high street. Trust me your family and friends will love these items.
GUNG HO | Chained to Tradition Silk Scarf £140.00
GUNG HO | Summer Earrings in Red £30.00
THE FUTURE KEPT | House Of Plants Book £18.00
LITTLE DIFFERENCE | Mountain And Moon Card £2.50
THE FUTURE KEPT | Red Tinted Lip Balm £18.00
ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE | Woman Cushion £90.00
ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE | Zipper Pouch £43.00
THOUGHT CLOTHING | Kelis Pom Pom Organic Wool Beanie Hat £24.90
THE FUTURE KEPT | Wild Dyer £17.00
ALLY BEE KNITWEAR | Alpaca Cardigan Stitch Hat £69.00
GREEN FIBRES | Organic Velour Hooded Bathrobe £79.00
GREEN FIBRES | Woolen Hot Water Bottle Cover £29.90
THE FUTURE KEPT | Moroccan Rose Bath Salts £10.00
CELTIC & CO | Lambswool Tartan Throw £150.00
CELTIC & CO | Dita Slippers £49.00
LITTLE DIFFERENCE | Pattern Deer Card £2.50
THE FUTURE KEPT | Beeswax Dinner Candles £12.00
58 LIFESTYLE | Balancing Room Mist £22.00
58 LIFESTYLE Balancing Aroma Oil £12.00
58 LIFESTYLE Balancing Body Cream £33.00
58 LIFESTYLE | Balancing Body Wash £29.00
58 LIFESTYLE | Balancing Bath Oil £25.00
58 LIFESTYLE | Balancing Eco Soy Candle £21-£58
58 LIFESTYLE | Incense
FROM BABIES WITH LOVE | Nautical Nesting Blocks £24.90
FROM BABIES WITH LOVE | Wooden Duck Baby Pull Along £19.90
FROM BABIES WITH LOVE | Penguin Baby Grow £21.90
FROM BABIES WITH LOVE | French Grey Kisses Knot Hat £7.50
CELTIC & CO | Crawler Boots £20.00
LITTLE DIFFERENCE | Llama Card £2.50
CELTIC & CO | Flatout Bear £58.00
The Future Kept
The Future Kept stocks a range of well designed, high-quality and meticulously chosen homeware and gifts. Owners Jeska and Dean Hearne have carefully curated items from independent designers, makers and artisans who are creating products that are better for our world. They sell quality goods designed to be used in our day-to-day lives, everything is made to last. Moving away from the throwaway nature of modern life, The Future Kept is a place to source family heirlooms of the future. Jeska and Dean want to inspire a curiosity and desire within customers to make more sustainable and ethical choices.
10% Discount with code ETHICAL10 (valid until 30th November)
Little Difference is an eco-friendly stationery brand providing greeting cards, notebooks, and prints inspired by nature. Launched by a couple with a love for nature, they decided to start a business that runs in the most Earth caring way possible. All of their products are made using 100% recycled paper and 100% biodegradable packaging.
Their mission is to make the consumer happy and fulfilled with a uniquely designed product that signifies they have made a “Little Difference” in the world whilst making a net positive impact on nature by regeneration the world’s forests. For this reason, they have started a “1 Card, 1 Tree” initiative where they pay for the planting, raising and protection of one tree towards reforestation for every single product sold!
From Babies With Love
We all love buying babies beautiful products, particularly at Christmas. Sadly there are too many children who don’t have anyone to buy them presents. However, when you buy from From Babies With Love, every single penny of profit, goes around the world to help orphaned and abandoned children. They work with the charities SOS Children’s Villages and Street Child to provide a family home, education, healthcare and support to overcome trauma. It’s amazing and essential work.
From Babies With Love provide us with the perfect organic baby gift. All their designs are ethically and sustainably sourced. They use the softest 100% organic cotton, and their toys are made from wood from sustainable sources and come in recyclable packaging.
Celtic & Co
Founded 26 years ago by husband and wife team Nick and Kath Whitworth, Celtic & Co is best known for their 100% premium quality British sheepskin footwear, made by hand in their own purpose-built factory in Cornwall by skilled craftspeople. Unlike other sheepskin boots which are designed to be thrown away, Celtic & Co offer a resole and repair service so you can keep your tootsies cosy for years to come without adding to the landfill.
Using hides that would otherwise go to waste, Celtic & Co invest time in creating quality yet affordable pieces that are designed to last and buck the current, destructive trend of disposable fashion. Every Celtic & Co piece is made from carefully chosen, ethically sourced, natural and organic materials, the majority of which is produced in the UK.
10% Discount and Free Delivery using code SUSTAINABLE10 (valid until 21st December)
One Nine Eight Five
Established in 2016 by textile designer Eleanor Nadimi, One Nine Eight Five is a British homeware brand that specialises in print and interior textiles. Support British manufacturing, craftsmanship and sustainable processes are at the heart of One Nine Eight Five. Using ethically sourced materials wherever possible they support and celebrate the talent of British craftspeople and UK manufacturing. Every piece is designed and made in the UK by people who take great pride in their work creating high-quality and unique products.
58 Lifestyle was created by the two beautiful souls Michal Cohen-Sagi and Noam Sagi who believe that wellbeing, health and beauty should be treated by a 360 approach. They opened a well-being centre in London (58 Well Being Centre, Mayfair) and it’s pretty unique in terms of what they offer. Anything from massage to holistic treatments and western medical practitioners so they are definitely worth a visit. They also developed these gorgeous 58 Lifestyle products which include notes of green mandarin, jasmine, coriander and ylang-ylang amongst other natural ingredients that recreate a harmonious feeling that ultimately enhances our wellbeing. They are also free from sulphates, parabens and harsh additives. They are little packages of harmony and balance that create an environment fit for anyone yearning a peaceful soulful lifestyle.
Greenfibres has been making and selling organic textiles since 1996. William and Gabriela Lana launched this mindful brand because they wanted to offer beautiful and useful textile products that are kind to the environment and to our health. They also wanted to provide meaningful livelihoods for everyone who work with and in Greenfibres. With a gorgeous store in Totnes, Devon, you can visit this little country have to experience their homely array of products including socks (pictured), clothing, organic and natural mattresses, natural cleaning products, duvets, pillows and toiletries. Expect a low-key, Totnes vibe that is hard to resist.
The Conscious Bloggers
Kate – Eco-Boost
Holly – Leotie Lovely
Nataly – Literally Nataly
Francesca – Ethical Unicorn
Karen – N4mummy
Jella – Jella Jornales
Katie – Saiint Sisters
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by multiple brands all hand-picked by the bloggers involved for their ethics and sustainability. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.